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Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Ratings: 711
Reviews: 467
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 55
Gots: 54 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  10.70% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Smuttynose Wheat Wine Ale is a unique hybridization of two well-known beer styles, combining the rich, voluptuous taste of a traditional barleywine with the subtle, tart flavors of an American wheat ale, topped off with a healthy dose of crisp, herbaceous hops.

2007 - 11.4%
2008 - 10.3%
2009 - 11.4%
2010 - 12.0%

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 04-13-2005)
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Photo of maximum12
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to MrRetardedMonkey for shipping me a bottle of this...a while back. Man, I need to trade/buy less beer & drink more. Sipping this to warm me up after an evening of fishing in 44 degree weather...

Dark, rich, ruddy reddish hue to this bad-boy. Smells much the same, rich & sweet & full, with perhaps a faint memory of sun-kissed fall grasses. Although I missed fall this year. All five hours of it in Minnesota.

This is a fine wheat wine, companiono. Sugary, malty, fruity, and what the hell, bourbon on the bottom? Is this barrel aged or just some weird concoctional accident? Riding shotgun is a vague, almost medicinal herbality & a ginsu knife of alcohol holding it all together. Wow. A whole alphabet soup of stuff going on here, & it works.

This is a thick, languid beer. That I want to gulp. I'd probably choke. Near-perfect for the style, it has to be so to hold all that depth. I'm not sure I could drink more than one of these, but damn, I'd like to try.

Smuttynose. I'm fast becoming a fan, they're churning out some good stuff, & some great stuff. This falls into the latter category. Excellent beer. I will seek this one out again.

maximum12, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of Bitterbill
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of jwc215. Thanks Joe!

Ah, my first Wheatwine....

2008 bottling, it pours(aggressive) a clear brownish red with about a finger head of foam.

Taking a few whiffs I'm getting a lot of malty sweetness, some fruit, some roasted notes, and a touch of alcohol.I'm not sensing any wheat in the nose....

With the first sip comes the caramel malt sweetness that's very sugar-like, some hint of wheat, definitely some good bitter hop tones, some toffee, and plenty of alcohol. Wow, lots of warming! Btw, the foam is doing great in my glass and lots of sticky lacing is left behind after every sip.

I'm going to call this full bodied as it really is that close to being so and the carbonation is at a nice soft low level.

Drinkability? The abv is there in your face so this one is certainly a very slow sipper but I'm kind of fond of the overall taste(I was afraid that this would end up being too sweet) and it is a very nice looking brew. I didn't know what to expect from the style but the bottom line for me is that I like this. A very interesting style.

Bitterbill, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of Boto
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber: 2006 vintage (3 years old). This one pours a clear amber color. There was a small beige head on it that goes away almost immediately. There was no lacing. This one has a big nose to it. A definite sweetness to the aroma. Raisins and brown sugar are there, as well as some grassy hops, some other fruits and a bit of alcohol. The taste is quite good. It isn't as sweet as the nose, if fact there is a bit of bitterness in the finish. There are lots of subtle tastes: fruits, caramel, maybe even a faint hint of chocolate. This is good!

Boto, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 22 ounce bomber bottle, 2006 vintage, shared with brothercannon. Poured into a pair of basic snifters. Appears a cloudy amber chestnut color with about an inch of light ecru foam. Notes of brown sugar, caramelized malts, mild floral hops, bananas, spicy wheat and yeast, toffee. Somewhere between medium and full bodied for a wheat wine with ample carbonation. Worth your while.

ClockworkOrange, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of damienblack
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 2007, so that would put this around 27 months (2yr, 3mo) old. Pours hazy amber. Still has a good deal of carbonation, takes a minute to get going, but nice thin head. Smell is mostly sweetness, not much complexity. Tastes a bit oxidated, on top of that, alcoholic sweetness. Like malt soaked in grain alcohol. Not much complexity, but it's still pretty good. I think this has actually mellowed over the years. Alcohol contributes to the mouthfeel... alcohol isn't actually bittering at all, but it does make a nice warmth in the throat on the way down, like a good whiskey. Makes it very pleasant. Does make it more of a sipper, though. Either way, don't know if the aging added or subtracted to this beer, but it was a very interesting go!

damienblack, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of gford217
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber courtesy of MrRetardedMonkey poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark hazy amber brown with a small tan head that recedes to a collar quickly and leaves no lacing.

The aroma is big and sweet. There are tons of caramel malts with some sugary sweetness on top. Some hints of peppery spices and a bit of citrus as well.

The taste is just as sweet and has the caramel and toffee backbone that underpins everything else. There is a bit of bananas and clove from the wheat, but the barley takes things over in the end and lend the taste more towards barleywine at the end of the day.

The mouthfeel is on the fuller side of things with a sugary sweetness that lingers between sips. It's a bit prickly from the sugar and a bit of hops.

I really enjoyed this beer. It's one of my favorite Smuttynose beers and a great sipper to end an evening on.

gford217, May 27, 2009
Photo of currysage1
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Look is a nice red brown, not quite clear, one finger heavy cream colored head dissipates quickly.

Smell is of alcohol laced burnt carmel, brown butter, rum soaked raisins, brown sugar, it's true it does smell like a barleywine. Good complexity.

Taste is of booze up front, but this gives way to underlying flavors, of chocolate, malted grains, dry grains, dark bitter fruits (black currants?) Alcohol is a bit overwhelming. Still the flavors are definately there, and definately complex if they can only fight their way past the alcohol shiver.

Feel is where this shines as a style, whereas a barleywine tends to be thicker and slightly slick this is nice and creamy, carbonation is very low but held in the mouth produces some prickly feeling to let you know it is there.

currysage1, May 02, 2009
Photo of sethmeister
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber with "bottle conditioned in 2008" on the side

note this being sampled April of 2009 so it has been aged for several months.

Poured into large snifter, color is a murky caramel brown which shows ruby red when held to the light. A thin cream-tan head disapears rapidly.

Scent is strong boozy alcohol ethers, fruit (pineapple, cherries) and a wheaty, yeasty tang.

Taste is sweet and fruity (cherries, raisin, figs?) with a nice bready malt backbone. Alcohol not as pronounced as the nose suggests. A bourbon note. Tastes like a mellow and malty barleywine. Caramel. The wheat side is not obvious. Hops are very mild and only seem to make themselves known by a subtle bitterness.

Mouth is medium; coating and silky but not thick or chewy.

Drinkability is surprisingly good. As noted, abv is hidden well and mostly recognized as a warming in the throat.

Though i don't know when in 08 this was bottled i believe the beer has mellowed considerably since fresh. Another tasty and easily quaffed concoction from Smutty.

sethmeister, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of ballewblake
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into my Duvel tulip.

One finger tanish yellow head that didn't last long, turned to a ring around the glass. Moderate lacing. Smells like a mild bourbon, or port, ethanol dominates over everything. Wow. Flavor is a mild bourbon too, alcohol bomb, baby. Sweet malts, I can't tell that it's wheat. If this was a blind taste I'd just as easy guess this was a barley wine. Mouth is nicely carbonated, but the alcohol is pretty intense, almost like this was bourbon-barrel-aged, but I don't remember seeing that on the bottle. I think the drinkability suffers from the high alcohol heat, but give it a little time. Warming mellow the heat a bit, but not much.

ballewblake, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gravity keg at Blind Tiger. Pours a dirty brown with no head. Aroma of nice hop oils, lots of citrus hops. Very nice. Flavor of lots of citrus, tropical fruits, nice and hoppy. Also some apple skins and acetone as the beer warms. A little odd as it warms, but still MUCH better fresh.
8/4/7/4/14 (3.7/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of SirSketch
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Has a small, almost non-existent head. Murky, deep red colored beer.

S - Complex aroma filled with dark malts, intense raisin, port wine, floral hops and cherries. Smells absolutely amazing!

T - A lot of the raisin and port wine characteristics as in the smell, but not as intense. Has all the flavor of a high gravity beer but definite wheat quality as well.

M/D - This drinks like any respectable barley-wine. Wheatwine is my new favorite style, for sure!

SirSketch, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy ruby red-brown, with barely any head - beautiful beer.

Nose is caramel and toffee, with some soft cherry mixed in with the nose, and bit of alcohol.

Taste is rich with a toffee and caramel sweetness, with a bit of a wheat tang in there, but balanced by an understated but persistent floral hop note, and an alcohol presence thats spicy some times and a bit boozy at others.

Mouthfeel is perfect - a soft but slightly crisp carbonation that is understated and allows the flavors to shine.

Terrific sipper.

JohnQVegas, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of jgap
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ABHatter for this one. Never had a wheat wine but I love barleywines so here we go. Pours a classic barleywine deep amber with no head but a nice head. Smell is light English barleywine with a hint of fresh bread like a bakery. Taste is also like an English barleywine, a strong one at that. Caramel-toffee malts well balanced and very good. But then it gets weird. Not necessarily bad, just different. The taste fades to a light wheat while the solid malt backbone remains. Finally the finish is smooth crisp toffee that lingers. The alcohol is strong at first and masks the flavors of this complex brew but it actually blends better with warmth. Very interesting beer

jgap, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of KeefD
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Rochefort10nh for this trade! This is my first wheat wine, so I'm not entirely sure what to expect, but here goes. Pours a dark amber color with no head and no lacing. Pretty much looks like a barleywine. Aroma is boozy, medicinal, fruity, a bit of oxidization, and a touch of earthy, herbal hops. I was expecting some more wheat characteristics, but really wasn't getting any. Taste is... different. There's a sugary sweetness, almost akin to Smarties candy, brown sugar, a decent wheat twang, a bit of caramel, some apple-like fruitiness and a small amount of bitterness in the background an earthy, herbal like quality that i can't quite place my finger on, and a certain booziness that really comes out as it warms. Warming in the glass really brings out the flavors of this brew and it gets better and better as I sip it slowly. This is definitely an interesting brew, quite unlike anything I've tasted before. It's somewhat reminiscent of a Belgian Quad. Medium-full bodied, light carbonation. This is a big-ass balls to the wall beer, which keeps drinkability low, but I was happy to have had the chance to try it.

KeefD, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of yesyouam
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smuttynose Wheat Wine is a cloudy red-orange-brown beer with a thin off-white head. It has a twangy, sweet aroma that seems a little resiny. In the mouth, it's fluffy and full bodied. It's quite smooth. It's well balanced-- a little bitter and a little sweet. I like this. It seems like a good barleywine. I'd never suspect that there was so much wheat in it.

yesyouam, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of grayburn
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

She pours a dark amber with a nice white head on top. Small bubbles stick around and cling to the glass for some nice lacing.
The smell is strong malt, with little hoppiness or much else to back it up.
The taste is a bit too cloying for a wheatwine, I was expecting something a bit more attenuated. With the addition of a large percentage of yeast, I was expecting something a bit drier. The taste isn't bad, its a well rounded sweetness comrpised from multiple malts and such. There is a bit of a piney hoppiness that rounds things out just a bit.
The mouthfeel is nice, the wheat adds such a nice silky touch. The carbonation is pretty spot on, a bit high...that'll mellow with some age.
This one isn't the most drinkable in the world, but it goes down pretty easy.

grayburn, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of bobsy
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

My first wheatwine, so I wasn't sure what to expect. My feeling was that this would be like a barleywine, but with a solid wheat backbone. Either way, I'm glad I have some help sharing this bomber.

Dark orange pour with a small tan head, that soon diminishes to a film. Lots of fruit in the aroma, pear, mango, lychee, as well as some brown sugar, and (ominously) alcohol. For the taste my notes say BOOZE, and I did find it a bit to big, brash and young. The fruit in the aroma didn't seem so detectable, and was buried under waves of alcohol. Some brown sugar was also present. Definitely a candidate for aging. While the flavour disappointed, the body did not, and exhibited the light syrupy feel I would hope for, with a bit of chewiness. For drinkability my notes again say BOOZE. That's not good.

bobsy, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, with label notch indicating "bottle conditioned in: 2008". poured into tulip.

very dark, ruby brown amber. gemstone clarity on the first two pours. lots of fluffy, yellow-tan head, fading to wisps and a foamy ring. first thin ring of lace sticks around, but afterwards the rest is sparse and splotchy.

sweet apple aromas, with caramel and cognac upfront, and moderate citrusy hops. faint note of cider or cider vinegar blending into more fruitiness in the end, reminiscent of cherries or even port wine.

bold flavors are similar to the aroma. caramel and apple, syrupy with fortified wine and brandy notes, then a quick flash of tartness, then back to piney, citrusy hops with a relatively bold but quick bitterness that doesn't linger too long, allowing lots of caramel maltiness to come forth instead.

medium body, hint of wateriness in the middle, but overall a nice light syrup feel with some resins in the finish. moderate carbonation helps simply to round things out and give a gentle edge. moments of smooth creaminess.

not as boozy as expected, which is nice. boldness of the flavors do limit the drinkability slightly however.

still, why don't brewers make more wheatwines? this is quite nice.

tai4ji2x, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of Derek
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Copper with a light tan head, very little retention but it leaves a nice leg.

S: Bubblegum, cotton-candy & plenty of alcohol in the aroma.

T: Alcohol is really upfront, burnt caramel, piny hops, very bitter & quite boozy. This would probably improve with some cellaring.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body, off-dry finish.

D: Definitely a sipper. It's big & boozy. I couldn't imagine having a whole bomber when it's this fresh!

Derek, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of Nutleybeer
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a very mild, foamy head. A dark orange, somewhat cloudy color.

A strong scent, fills your nose with the essence of malt and alcohol. First sip, tingles your tongue a bit. The malt is clearly there, blended with the potent alcohol punch. A thick, syrupy make-up. Hints of sweet sherry-like and brown sugar flavors.

Good, highly drinkable. Might pair well with a dry cheddar. My first sampling of this style. To be honest, if I didn't know it was a "wheat wine" I would have assumed it to be a barleywine. Nice flavor regardless. Strong, yet smooth. Full of flavor.

Nutleybeer, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of allergictomacros
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big aromas jump out of this right off the pour - pineapple, apple and raw malt dominate. Pours out a clear copper/brown with a weak-ish head that drops quickly due to a very low carbonation level. Flavour is big and heavy, with intense sweetness and maltiness as well as a heavy bitter finish. Everything about this beer says big. Surprisingly smooth for such a heavy malty body, with no detectable astringency or coarseness. This beer makes no attempt to mask the big alcoholic presence and lets it mingle freely with the other flavours. Very warming. Overall impression is (again) bigness, although well balanced flavours make it somewhat drinkable.

allergictomacros, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of reiger
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into an American Pint

A - Small, thin head that settles quickly. Nice dark brown color with a hint of red.

S - Sharp cherry with some interesting earthy tones.

T - Cherry, earthy wheat, slight hint of citrus at the finish. Honestly, there are other flavors I can't quite identify but whatever they are, they're good.

M - Very clean beer. You catch a slight tingling/burning from the high ABV.

D - Very smooth and drinkable for 10.7%. Towards the bottom it gets heavier but that's not a bad thing. I think one 22 is enough for me.

I had this on tap at the local watering hole a few weeks ago and it blew me away so I had to try the bomber. It's not as heavy bottled as it was on tap, which makes for a smoother drinking experience. Definitely recommended, but not for the faint of heart.

reiger, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of bigkahunas4
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

One of my fellow beer-loving good friends raves about this beer and its value - so I'm super psyched to try it. Poured from a 12 oz into my oversized snifter. Pours a murky maple syrup body, not much head, but some webby film. Lacing has an average hold. Nose is very full and really inviting. Aromas jump out of the glass a buttery toffee. Also notes of molasses, huge malt (like a cannister just opened for homebrew), some candied spices, as well as some tingling alcohol.

Brew enters the mouth quite creamy, with no big flavors hitting the tip of my tongue. Brew moves to the back of the mouth, bubbling quite nicely on the tongue, and smacking a big whop of alcohol to the back of the mouth. This didn't thrill me. Navigating past the boozyness, I found some toffee and hot caramel. Finish is a bit dry, but pleasant.

I cannot argue that this is a good value, however, it's way too boozy for me. A big ABV sipper with a great nose. Sorry Jay-Bone, just didn't cut it for me.

bigkahunas4, Feb 26, 2009
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4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into an oversized wine glass.

A - Pours a deep ruby and mahogany color with very little head that ends up dissipating rather quickly into the sample.

S - Spicy and piney hops and a fresh wheat characteristic jump at the nose at first followed by hints of caramel and roasted malts. The wheat and sweet malt aspects of the aroma shines through as the brew warms.

T - A thick and rich roasted malt and barley flavor wash over the palate first. This is followed by notes of caramel and burnt sugars, floral and piney hops, notes of alcohol and perhaps the slightest hint of wheat, although I'm not sure if I just expect this aspect to be present or if it actually is present. Overall, a big roasty malt presence that creates a sweet, smooth thick feel on the tongue.

MF - As stated above, quite a nice smooth and thick mouthfeel attributed to the heavy malt backbone. Teetering on the edge of medium to full-bodied with a nice mix of carbonation and alcohol present. Almost chewy in a sense.

D - Taste-wise a very nice malt-bomb with a great combination of flavors. The ABV doesn't exactly lean in favor of this aspect, however, this is to be expected in keeping with the style of this brew.

Notes: Definitely an interesting and relatively complex brew that was quite a pleasure to sample. If you are into malt-heavy brews and looking for something slightly different, this would be one to pick up. Most definitely recommended to try and another great brew from this brewery.

Mazeraski, Feb 24, 2009
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3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bomber this brew was a slightly hazy brown/garnet color with some ruby highlights. The one-finger head was khaki-colored, retained as a thin collar and left decent lacing. The aroma was sweet, caramel malt, sweet malt, wheat, alcohol and some butter. The flavors were also punchy and sweet, starting with lots of toffee and caramel it then went into lots of alcohol, notes of nuts and dry wheat with a lightly bitter finish at the end. As it warmed up I tasted more of the musty/cellared malt in the middle but it remained rich and potent throughout. The mouthfeel was average to smooth, the body medium/full and the carbonation on the low side. The alcohol definitely caught up with me as I drank it, not a beer for the faint of heart... but it probably will age very well.

thekevlarkid, Feb 20, 2009
Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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